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Flag over Richmond, California

While other cities have embraced heavy-handed policing tactics, Richmond, California, has offered mentoring and money to its most at-risk young men.

Inspired by Seattle, Santa Fe adopts the LEAD program to divert people arrested for drug possession away from the criminal justice system and into treatment.

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Berkeley residents overwhelmingly support the measure, but beverage companies are fighting back.

police brutality rally

How a crisis intervention program pioneered in Memphis could save lives and prevent arrests.

How Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gases became Guangzhou’s problem.

Finally, a different picture is emerging of the former New York City mayor.

For years, Muslim New Yorkers have been spied on, not heard; now they’re finding their political voice.

56 Leonard-Woolworth view

How Michael Bloomberg turned architecture into a sixty-four-ounce Coke.

Blogs

For Rudy Giuliani, the greater the threat or instability, the more money he makes. 

February 25, 2015

Too bad he doesn’t actually have the power to stop them.

February 25, 2015

Voters force school-closing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff and demand an elected school board.

February 25, 2015

The mayor’s spending millions, but unions and progressives are fighting for grassroots democracy.

February 19, 2015

Activists in Fort Lauderdale have just filed a lawsuit alleging that the city’s ban on providing food to the homeless violates the First Amendment.

February 2, 2015

“For two days the snow has had New York in its power.”

January 27, 2015

Federal prosecutors want to put one in prison for taking kickbacks for doing political favors. The other has been richly rewarded for defrauding investors and saving fellow bankers from criminal prosecution.

January 27, 2015

We banned police from the “house of labor.” Look at them now.

January 9, 2015

The USOC’s choice to propose having the 2024 Olympics to Boston should be seen as a call to protest.

January 9, 2015

Could the new civil rights movement thwart the Staten Island DA’s ambitions?

January 8, 2015